EROS HIRE TOOLS TAKE DELIVERY OF DRAGON EQUIPMENT COMPACT CRUSHER
The Aylesbury branch of Eros Hire Tools has just taken delivery of a Dragon Equipment CR 300 compact crusher with the detachable conveyor. The machine was supplied by Tring based Boss Plant Sales, the official Dragon Equipment Dealer for London, and the Home Counties.
The CR300 was put to work the following day working behind a house on a compact site where a patio was being replaced. The crushed concrete slabs were used as hardcore under the new patio saving transport and disposal costs and the cost of new hardcore.
Eros Hire Tools’ Director and Plant Manager Shane Sutton commented “We’re always on the look out for new and innovative products to add to our fleet. The Dragon Equipment compact crusher fits the bill, meeting a real need for private and business users. It’s also complimentary to our existing fleet in that it can work with a micro excavator, and a small tracked or wheeled dumper for example. The machine is British, very well made, and with some very clever features to aid reliability and servicing.”
Ancenis, July 5, 2022
The High Court in London today handed down its judgment in the patent infringement litigation brought by J. C. Bamford Excavators Ltd (JCB) against Manitou BF and Manitou UK Ltd relating to four of JCB’s patents.
Three of the JCB patents considered at trial were found to be invalid in their entirety: European Patent EP 1 532 065 B2 (EP 065), its UK equivalent GB 2 390 595B (GB 595) and European Patent EP 2 263 965 B9 (EP 965). Consequently, all infringement claims brought by JCB against Manitou relating to these three patents failed completely. Moreover, the Court held that only certain features of telehandlers sold in the past infringed the fourth patent, European Patent EP 2 616 382 B3 (EP 382). While reserving the right to appeal this judgment, Manitou confirms it does not have a significant impact on its business in the UK, nor on the business of its customers.
Manitou will in any event seek payment from JCB of all its costs relating to the claims pursued by JCB but rejected by the Court, as well as interest on those sums. As ever, the Manitou Group will continue to defend itself vigorously in the patent infringement litigation brought against it by JCB.
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Maydencroft Limited, a specialist contractor offering sustainable environmental solutions on everything from sweeping rural landscapes to urban green spaces, for the commercial, private, public, utility, and charity sectors, has just taken delivery of eight Kubota U27-4 2.6 tonne mini-excavators supplied by Tring based Boss Plant Sales Ltd.
The high-spec Kubota U27-4’s are fitted with amber and green beacons, seatbelts, quick release couplers on all hydraulic lines, Hills Tefra hydraulic quick-hitches, and multiple buckets. Additionally, 3 thumb grabs are included in the order. Maydencroft has been a Boss Plant Sales customer for over 10 years and use their service and parts departments as well as purchasing new plant.
The Stage 5 certified machines will be put to work on a diverse range of applications across the country including environmental engineering, landscaping, sustainable drainage, wet-land projects to name but a few.
Maydencroft has run Kubota’s for over 5 years and the existing fleet of 10 machines comprises of models weighing in at 2.6, 5.0 and 8.0 tonnes. All the machines are operated by the companies own staff, a large proportion of which, have been with the company many years. Their operators are highly skilled in their specialist areas, with these additional machines critical to delivering a wide range of services.
Maydencroft’s Contracts Manager, James Shakespeare, had this to say about the recent investment, “The company has grown radically in the past few years, with sustained and increasing workload for our teams at our 4 depots increasing our fleet was necessary. We rarely hire-in plant and therefore we need more capacity. Why did we invest in more Kubota’s? The short answer is that they are ‘bullet-proof’! We rarely have any issues at all. Our operators are familiar with them and they like the controls and the overall ergonomics. The new machines have several improvements which will make our more demanding jobs more straight forward. And in the current climate the machine’s performance and fuel economy is important.”
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Kubota has announced a new Tracking System for the KX080-4a2 model across Europe.
The Tracking system will increase machine efficiency and security, allowing users to stay informed about the KX080-4a2 machines in their fleet. The Tracking system portal can be accessed via a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, meaning the data from a Kubota fleet can be seen anywhere at any time.
Kubota Tracking System enables the customer to track the following:
The system is free for the first four years from the date of machine handover (however, a charge based on request, will be incurred to reactivate, and reinstall a device which has been turned off).
To activate the system customers must agree to their machine’s data being sent to Japan, for future machine development. It will not be shared in any other way.
If consent is given the customers details are entered into K-Net via the warranty system and KUK will collect the customers details from K-net to set up the customers Tracking System account with a user ID and password sent direct to the customer.
An AEMP/API connection is available on request from the customer, this will be sent to Japan (via a form that KUK will complete) and access will be given directly to their chosen supplier.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Regional Sales Manager to join our team.
Applicants are sought with at least 3 years experience selling vehicles, industrial, agricultural or construction equipment to end users.
The role will involve the promotion of machine sales, service, and parts to existing and new customers. The main responsibility will be to sell all capital products, which will entail demonstrating and towing products. Applicants must therefore have a full UK driving licence. Additionally they must reside within our territory.
Alongside promoting the whole business, the role will include working with our manufacturers to ensure that Boss Plant Sales fulfils its requirements as a distributer for their respective products. Initial and on-going training will be provided, including attending manufacturer’s training. Applicants must be ‘computer literate’ and be able to use all common Apps including email, Word, and Excel. Proficiency using social media is desirable.
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One of our market leading brands, Manitou, is celebrating 50 years contributing to the UK market.
The first international subsidiary created by the group in 1972, Manitou UK distributes products and services throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Manitou Group’s first international operation was established in 1972 in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, under the name Manitou Site Lift Limited. It therefore became the first overseas subsidiary, marking the beginning of the group’s internationalization. In 1980, Manitou Site Lift Ltd expanded to its current premises in the town of Verwood, near Southampton. In 1998, the subsidiary took its current name and became Manitou UK.
Manitou UK provides technical and sales support to 51 Gehl and Manitou dealers in 91 locations across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The UK subsidiary now has around 50 employees, divided between sales administration, marketing, spare parts and after-sales service. The market covered by Manitou UK represents nearly 10% of the group’s turnover, making it one of the main markets after France and the United States.
The subsidiary’s business is dominated by construction, which accounts for 60% of sales, with the agricultural market accounting for approximately 20%. Mark Ormond, Managing Director of the Manitou UK subsidiary adds: “We are very proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary. The construction market recovered very quickly after the 2020 fall, meaning our 2021 turnover was back to pre-pandemic levels and close to a record level. Although supply is currently the limiting factor affecting our turnover, we expect 2022 to be a new record year of sales for Manitou UK. Thank you to all of our staff, dealers and customers for the trust you put in us.”
In 2017, the subsidiary saw its premises completely renovated in order to provide employees with optimal working conditions. The previously separate offices have made way for a large open-plan space that promotes team cohesion and communication between departments. The workshops have also been modernized to improve the accommodation of technicians during training sessions.
Kubota UK has just announced Rob White as their new Division Manager for Construction.
Rob is well known in the industry as he started his journey in construction at JCB in 1996, where he was involved in mini-excavators as a product specialist and then went on to hold senior sales and marketing positions. With more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry we are sure that Rob will be a great edition to the team.
Rob commented: “I’m really pleased to be joining Kubota and heading up the Construction Division. The product range has a fantastic reputation for quality and reliability, and even though Kubota leads the mini-excavator market in the UK and Ireland, there is still a huge opportunity for further growth. I am looking forward to working with my team, our customers, and the fantastic Kubota dealer network as we continue to deliver growth for mini-excavators, tracked dumpers and compact loaders.